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Sorting Algorithm of Deadness

Using the scientifically Infallible power of the Sorting Algorithm of Deadness, who do you think is the next in line for being brought back from the great Bus in the sky?

To use the Algorithm, simply add the Column's "Death Value", and divide by the number of applicable rows.

Relative deadness factor Deader Than Dead Maybe Back Later Be Back Soon Death? What's That?
Death Value 4 3 2 1
Cause of death Irony, Bridge Drop, Overkill, Stuffed in the Fridge, Ret Gone Redemption, Sacrifice, Bus Crash, Mortal Wound Reveal No One Could Survive That!, just plain killed in battle Jumping
Audience Expectation Anyone Can Die, Kill 'Em All Killed Off for Real, Tonight, Someone Dies Disney Death Back from the Dead, Death Is Cheap, Nobody Can Die
Body Found? Dead and Buried
Only Bits And Pieces
At The Morgue Never Found, Frozen, Petrified Left for Dead
Reaction Montage, Bond One-Liner He's Dead, Jim It's Personal Faux Death
Last Words Crap, Killed Mid-Sentence, Carry on men, His Name Is... Catchphrase, Famous Last Words, Final Speech, Obi-Wan Moment "Fly, you fools!" "Piece of cake" "My Death Is Just the Beginning"
Characterization Red Shirt, Loved One, Mauve Shirt Recurring Character, C-List Fodder Regular Protagonist, Archvillain
When did they die? 10+ years ago, Series Finale 5-10 years ago Same year Same arc
"Died" and come back? Not yet Died once, but got better Twice I've lost count
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If the character hasn't died yet (but seems likely to), see Sorting Algorithm of Mortality. All of this is trumped by the First Law of Resurrection.

Currently, Shirley from Code Geass and the real Caulder from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin have scored 4, the highest possible. The latter is more notable by having 4 in every category instead of getting the CLAMP bonus that the former got. No characters have got the lowest possible score of 1 yet, but Bowser is the leader of the death-defying derby at 1.5, even beating South Park's Kenny.


Baseline Example: The death of Superman.

  • Cause: Heroic Sacrifice, so he's not coming back from that too quickly, or the sacrifice will be cheapened. 3.
  • Genre: It's a comic book, so Death Is Cheap. 1.
  • The Body: Deader Than Dead, a Pietà Plagiarism too for supes sake! So no chance of Faking the Dead. 4.
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  • Reaction: Really Dead Montage, uh-oh. 4.
  • Characterization: Protagonist. 1.
  • When did he die: Same year, so 2.
  • Come Back?: This was a first, so 4.
  • Average: So add it up... we get a pretty high score, 19! Since it's not a videogame, divide by 7, and we get... 19/7 = 2.7, meaning supes isn't coming back for at least a few months, maybe even years. In actuality the Death Of Superman happened in January 1993 and he came back some time before May 1994.


Now let's make a prediction with the recent death of Batman in Final Crisis.

  • Cause: Heroic Sacrifice, give or take. 3.
  • Genre: Comic book, so Death Is Cheap. 1.
  • The Body: Dead and buried, but it's a little more complicated. Still, it's a 4.
  • Reaction: He's Dead Clark, plus "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" probably counts as a Really Dead Montage. 3.5.
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  • Last Words: "Try Me." 3.
  • Characterization: It's The Goddamn Batman, people. 1.
  • When did he die: Same year, so 2.
  • Come Back?: This would be the first time, so 4.
  • Average: 21.5/8= 2.7. A semi-high score, and DC seems to be sticking to this one for a while. Still, he'll definitely be back, likely before the end of 2010 at the latest.[[supersecretspoiler: CORRECT!]]

Note: This sub-page is for Fan Fiction examples only. Please ensure that you put new examples in the correct Sorting Algorithm of Deadness sub-page.


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    Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge 

Pit

  • Cause: Shot at the last second of a battle. 2
  • Expectation: Usually revived, involves the Greek Underworld. 2
  • Body: Funeral mentioned. 4
  • Reaction: "sniped Pit, so Pit was now ded." 3
  • Last words: None said. N/A
  • Charactization: One of the protagonists. 1
  • When: Same year, but you could argue that the story arc was still going, due to the story's confusing nature so split it into 1.5
  • Come back: In the source material, he is always revived. 1
  • Average: 14.5/7 = 2.071428571428571 Ohai zomboy Pit

Pit 2

  • Cause: "an epic atuck so epic that not eve the 6 flims of Star Terk, 4 Indy Jons flims ans the ntir series of Deaf Not put togeter wood not mach." Let's say Overkill. 4
  • Expectation: He's got a psychic connection to Pit in source material. 2
  • Body: "he disapeated." Assuming he meant disappeared, which would be never found. 2
  • Reaction: Pit is killed at the same time, so he's ignored. N/A
  • Last words: None said. N/A
  • Charactization: Major antagonist. 1
  • When: Came back earlier than Pit, story arc could be argued. 1.5
  • Come back: Psychic connection to Pit. 1
  • Average: 11.5/6 = 1.916666666666667 Was obviously coming back

Pit 2 again

  • Cause: Attacked by Panty and Stocking from nowhere. 4
  • Expectation: Psychic connection. 2
  • Body: "explod." 4
  • Reaction: "Ha, loks lick u got blowed to smithero..." from Hads 4
  • Last words: ""HAHAHA!" he evilled, "This supper Form gaves me al the powre I neded to finaly destory bof of u 4 god! U shal die, and no1 can brung u bak!"" Definitely a set of Famous Last Words. 3
  • Charactization: Major antagonist. 1
  • When: Same chapter. 1
  • Come back: Psychic connection. 1
  • Average: 20/8 = 2.5 Was pretty much going to come back, anyway.

Hads

  • Cause: Beems of light from The 3 Scarred Tresures. Since he destroyed them effortlessly before, Irony. 4
  • Expectation: It's been said he takes 25 years to revive. 3
  • Body: Left for dead. 1
  • Reaction: Cuts away as soon as he dies. N/A
  • Last words: "Ha, loks lick u got blowed to smithero..." 4
  • Charactization: Main antagonist, with his name in the title. 1
  • When: Same chapter. 1
  • Come back: This is only the second time to our knowledge. 3
  • Average: 17/7 = 2.428571428571429 A slight possibility he'd have stayed dead if Cloud wasn't tricked, but not too long.

Mydueshew

  • Cause: "she was mad by Hads, she dieed wif him." It was from nowhere, so a reveal, I guess. 3
  • Expectation: The one who revives her is dead, so she was really dead here. 3
  • Body: Left for dead. 1
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: "Thats it! Ones an 4 al, Im going 2..." 4
  • Charactization: Takes a leading villain role in all canon games. 1
  • When: Same chapter. 1
  • Come back: Died in the original games three times, let's say a 2.
  • Average: 15/6 = 2.5 A slight possibility she'd have stayed dead if Cloud wasn't tricked, but not too long.

Strafe

  • Cause: Snipped by a stuf in a battle. 2
  • Expectation: He's a punching bag, the author probably wouldn't kill him. 1
  • Body: Never brought up, we just know it fell from the sky. 2
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: "Sotp that f-cking balet dans, u mo..." 4
  • Charactization: Enough appearences to be a regular. 2
  • When: Same chapter. 1
  • Come back: To my knowledge, this is his first death. 4
  • Average: 16/7 = 2.285714285714286 A slight possibility he'd have stayed dead if Cloud wasn't tricked, but not too long.

Cloud 2

  • Cause: "Pit and me both specialed, finishing him." A bit of an overkill. 4
  • Expectation: We're assuming he has that psychic connection like Pit 2, and Cloud isn't dead. 1
  • Body: Not brought up, just fell. 2
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: None given. N/A
  • Charactization: Not enough time at this point to decide between recurring or red shirt. Let's split. 3.5
  • When: Same chapter. 1
  • Come back: First time he's died. 4
  • Average: 15.5/6 = 2.583333333333333 A slight possibility he'd have stayed dead if Cloud wasn't tricked, but not too long.

Amazin Pandora

  • Cause: "We specialed and she died." Overkill, I guess. 4
  • Expectation: She leads the last two guys, she'd probably come back with them. 1
  • Body: Same as last two. N/A
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: None given. N/A
  • Charactization: She stole The 3 Scarred Tresures from Pit 2, so she looked like she was becoming part of the Big-Bad Ensemble. 1
  • When: Same chapter. 1
  • Come back: This is her second death. 3
  • Average: 10/5 = 2 A slight possibility she'd have stayed dead if Cloud wasn't tricked, but not too long.

Tirac

  • Cause: "The Rainbow Of Lihgt becam a tronado witch cught Tirac ans teared him 2 pieces." Overkill. 4
  • Expectation: He came from nowhere, and most villains from nowhere are Red Shirts. 4
  • Body: "teared him 2 pieces." 4
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: Mute as far as this story is concerned. N/A
  • Charactization: As I said, part of the Red Shirt Army. 4
  • When: It hasn't been a year since that chapter. 2
  • Come back: He died in his source material. 3
  • Average: 21/6 = 3.5 If we see him again, it'll probably be in a Boss Rush.

Strafe

  • Cause: She brethed frie on him, ans he faal in2 The Smooze. Overkill if you ask me. 4
  • Expectation: See his first death. 1
  • Body: "he faal in2 The Smooze" His body would have most likely been chewed up. 4
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: The Team Chaos catchphrase. 3
  • Charactization: See his first death. 2
  • When: The time travel chapter that would inevitably bring him back was part of this arc. 1
  • Come back: He was Life Noted before. 3
  • Average: 18/7 = 2.6 More likely to have stayed dead, but not too likely.

Cloud 2

  • Cause: Panty and Stocking's combo attack. An overkill if I ever saw one. 4
  • Expectation: Psychic connection. 1
  • Body: It exploded. 4
  • Reaction: Amazin Pandora runs away, most likely to resurrect him. 1
  • Last words: The Teem Choas catchphrase. 3
  • Charactization: Let's say he's a regular by now. 2
  • When: See Strafe. 1
  • Come back: See Strafe. 3
  • Average: 19/8 = 2.375 Even more likely to have came back than before, and he did.

Hitler

  • Cause: Spine, heart, brains and skull broken, then blown up by a nuclear. That's definetly Overkill. 4
  • Expectation: It's Hitler, he's not exactly going to survive. 4
  • Body: They never go and check for him. 1
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: "HA! Now to declar the cost clear ans..." In the middle of a sentence. 4
  • Charactization: It's Hitler. 4
  • When: Hasn't been a year since that chapter. 2
  • Come back: It's implied he started this while still alive. 4
  • Average: 23/7 = 3.3 Will probably only return for a boss rush, but then again, it's Hitler.

Frolo

  • Cause: It came from nowhere, so a Bridge Drop. 4
  • Expectation: Well, he's a Disney Villain, and we know their chances. 4
  • Body: "blak swrod lins wnet threw him, he sploded." I'm assuming he meant exploded. 4
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: "Pit 2 truly new wat powers where prefec..." 4
  • Charactization: Disney Villain. 4
  • When: Hasn't been a year since that chapter. 2
  • Come back: Let's say he came back from the film. 3
  • Average: 25/7 = 3.6 Not likely to see him again

Stalin

  • Cause: He survives his head coming off before being shot. No One Could Survive That. 2
  • Expectation: Considering the other Faces Off Evil... 4
  • Body: They leave his fallen body. 1
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: He gives a challenge. Let's say Tempting Fate. 2
  • Charactization: Considering the other Faces Off Evil... 4
  • When: Hasn't been a year since that chapter. 2
  • Come back: If it was Hitler's time... 4
  • Average: 19/7 = 2.7 He seems to be the most likely Face Off Evil to return.

David Cameran

  • Cause: Fell through a hole to The Underworld. Overkill, I say. 4
  • Expectation: Face Off Evil. 4
  • Body: In the Underworld, probably the same as buried. 4
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: None given. N/A
  • Charactization. Face Off Evil. 4
  • When: Hasn't been a year. 2
  • Come back: Not to anyone's knowledge. 4
  • Average: 22/6 = 3.7 He has little to no chance of returning.

Pit again

  • Cause: Shot at the last second of a battle. 2
  • Expectation: Anti-Life Note used, which is Killed Off For Real. 3
  • Body: Left lying there. 1
  • Reaction: "Oh 4 f-cks sak, knot agan." Showing this has happened before, let's say Faux. 1
  • Last words: None given. N/A
  • Charactization: One of the protagonists. 1
  • When: Same arc. 1
  • Come back: In the source material, he is always revived. 1
  • Average: 10/7 = 1.428571428571429 Ironically, despite the Anti-Life Note, it was even more likely for him to come back from this, and he did.

Pyro

  • Cause: Spine ripped out by Arron. Overkill if you ask me. 4
  • Expectation: He's a god, which this author inturputs as immortal. 1
  • Body: Probably left there. 1
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: "THATS 1 OFF MY NUCLEAR POWRES, I CAN FEND OFF WONDS THAT WOD BE FETAL!" Famous last words. 3
  • Charactization: Recurring, I guess. 3
  • When: Hasn't been a year. 2
  • Come back: He could have died once in the source material. 3
  • Average: 17/7 = 2.4 He is most likely to return, considering this author.

New!Tirac

  • Cause: Impaled by the Rainbow Of Darkness, then blooded everywhere, before he did anything. Let's say Irony. 4
  • Expectation: The author outright stated he can't come back. 4
  • Body: Witnessed on-screen. 3
  • Reaction: The Reason You Suck Speech. I think that should be a 4.
  • Last words: No time to say them. N/A
  • Characterization: The ultimate Red Shirt. 4
  • When: Hasn't been a year. 2
  • Come back: Came out of Hell. 3
  • Average: 24/7 = 3.428571428571429 The author set out for a truly dead character, and it looks like he succeeded.

Mao Zedong

  • Cause: ...the beem consummed him, ans he died! Let's say Overkill. 4
  • Expectation: Considering how communists were handled beforehand... 4
  • Body: Most likely destroyed by the beam. 4
  • Reaction: None given. N/A
  • Last words: Calling an attack. Probably a shall not pass. 2
  • Charactization: Is apprarently from the Faces Off Evil. 4
  • When: Let's say it's still the same arc. 1
  • Come back: Not according to anything said. 4
  • Average: 23/7 = 3.3 Is unlikely to be seen again.

Pit 2 again!

  • Cause: Dragged into The Underworld by Hads himself. Talk about Overkill. 4
  • Expectation: Hades mentions bringing him to The Rapers. Sounds like a definite way to Perma-Death someone. 3
  • Body: Since he was dragged to The Underworld, I'd call that buried. 4
  • Reaction: "Wel, tat was a bit anticlimattic" Sounds like Foreshadowing for another battle with him. 1
  • Last words: Laughing about his unlimited flight. Famous Last Words indeed. 3
  • Charactization: Practically the Big Bad. 1
  • When: Hasn't been a year yet. 2
  • Come back: When hasn't he? 1
  • Average: 19/8 = 2.375 The calculation says he could come back, but let's wait and see.

Sora

  • Cause: Lungs crushed by a punch from Obama. Sounds like a simple battle death. 2
  • Expectation: Death is extremely cheap in this fanfic, and no mention was made of special conditions, like some of the other guys. 1
  • Body: The heroes left before anything was established. Let's say he was left for dead. 1
  • Reaction: Pit comments on Obama's fatality. A Bond One-Liner if I ever saw one. 4
  • Last words: Commenting on how he'll deal with the heroes himself. Seemed to have been tempting fate. 2
  • Characterization: Part of a group of six bad guys. They tend to not get much characterization. 4
  • When: Hasn't been a year since that chapter. 2
  • Come back: This was his first appearance in the fanfic. 4
  • Average: 20/8 = 2.5 Less chance than Pit 2's latest death. Will most likely return for a Boss Rush.

    Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami 

L

  • Cause: Bridge Drop (comes rather quickly) - 4
  • Body: Inapplicable
  • Reaction: Everyone celebrates his death - 3
  • Genre: Death Is Cheap - 1
  • Characterization: Main antagonist - 1
  • Last Words: Final speech ("You kiillled me!") - 3
  • When: End of the previous arc - 2 (L's resurrection would be part of a new arc if this story had a plot)
  • Died and came back: Once - 3
  • Average: 17/7 = 2.42. He could come back with God's help.

Teru Mikami

  • Cause: Bridge Drop - 4
  • Body: Presumably left at the scene - 4
  • Reaction: L gets frustrated - 2
  • Genre: Death Is Cheap - 1
  • Characterization: C List Fodder - 3
  • Last Words: Killed Mid Sentence - 4
  • When: Previous arc - 2
  • Died and came back: No - 4
  • Average: 24/8 = 3. He apparently came back to life, presumably because the author forgot he was supposed to be dead.

Mello

  • Cause: Bridge Drop (sudden betrayal by Dark) - 4
  • Body: Present- 4
  • Reaction: None
  • Genre: Death Is Cheap - 1
  • Last Words: Oh, Crap! - 4
  • Characterization: Minor antagonist - 3
  • When: Previous arc - 3
  • Died and came back: Once - 3
  • 22/7 = 3.14.

Near

  • Cause: Deader Than Dead (killed with the Death Note, and prevented from coming back with the Anti Life Note) - 4
  • Body: Present - 4
  • Reaction: He's Dead, Jim - 3
  • Genre: Death Is Cheap -1
  • Last Words: Oh, Crap! - 4
  • Characterization: Recurring/regular character: 2.5
  • Died and came back: Technically did so once, since Dark appears to kill him twice: 3.5
  • When: Last arc: - 2
  • 24/8 = 3. While his resurrection is theoretically impossible, it's not completely out of the question.

Night Yagami

  • Cause: Bridge Drop (Impaled with a sword and falls to her death) -4
  • Reaction: He's Dead, Jim - 3
  • Genre: Death Is Cheap - 1
  • Body: Present at the bottom of the cliff - 4
  • Last Words: Oh, Crap! ("WHAT THE F-CK?") - 4
  • Characterization: Recurring character - 3
  • Died and came back: No. - 4
  • When: Current arc - 1
  • Average: 3. The author may very well mean to kill her off.

The scores seem fairly high, especially given the number of resurrections (Watari, Mello, L, "Yotsuba", Light, Dark, Blud and technically Near), but then again, the fic doesn't exactly follow the rules of logic very well.

L (again)

  • Cause: Bridgedrop (he and Light kill each other) - 4
  • Reaction: None, Dark seems more preoccupied with the next stage of his plans.
  • Genre: Death Is Cheap - 1
  • Body: Lying in a pool of his own blood - 4
  • Last Words: Final Speech admitting defeat- 3
  • Characterization: Main antagonist - 1
  • Died and came back: Twice. - 2
  • When: Current arc- 1
  • Average: 2.28.

Light Yagami

  • Cause: Bridge drop (he and L kill each other) - 4
  • Reaction: None, Dark seems more preoccupied with the next stage of his plans.
  • Genre: Death Is Cheap - 1
  • Body: Lying in a pool of his own blood - 4
  • Last Words: Final Speech admitting defeat- 3
  • Characterization: Recurring character - 2
  • Died and came back: Twice. - 2
  • When: Current arc- 1
  • Average: 2.42

Mia Kerrigan in [[Morphic]]

    My Immortal 

Draco

  • Cause of death: He committed suicide by slitting his wrists. Since the narration said that was impossible, I'll say Irony. 4.
  • Audience expectation: He's the Sue's love interest; the writer's not gonna kill him. 2.
  • Body found?: Well, a professor finds it, but Enoby never sees it. 1.
  • Reaction: Hardly any. 1.
  • Last words: Doesn't have any. N/A.
  • Characterization: Loved One. 4.
  • When did they die?: He reappears less than a chapter later. 1.
  • "Died" and come back?: Since it happens so soon after, I'm not counting it. N/A.
  • Average: 13/6 = 2.167. Rather high, considering how soon his Unexplained Recovery happens. Of course, that would be asking My Immortal to follow the rules of common sense.

Willow

  • Cause of death: Bridge Drop. 4.
  • Audience expectation: Draco's Unexplained Recovery established Death Is Cheap. 1.
  • Body found?: Those who inform Enoby of the death don't care for the deceased in the slightest. 1.
  • Reaction: "Kawaii." 4.
  • Last words: Again, we are told of this death; we don't see it. N/A.
  • Characterization: Meant to be a Regular Character, but in fact had only appeared in one scene beforehand. 3.
  • When did they die?: I don't think a full year passed between updates... 2.
  • "Died" and come back?: I think this was the first time. 4.
  • Average: 19/7 = 2.714286. I'll give Tara credit; Willow was dead for longer than Draco.

Volxemort

  • Cause of death: Enoby AK'd him without destroying any Horcruxes, so I consider this a Bridge Drop. 4.
  • Audience expectation: Death Is Cheap. 1.
  • Body found?: The story ends before that could happen. N/A.
  • Reaction: See above. N/A.
  • Last words: There were none. N/A.
  • Characterization: Big Bad. 1.
  • When did they die? Series Finale. 4.
  • "Died" and come back?: There's a lot of confusion, thanks to Time Travel. 3.
  • Average: 13/5 = 2.6. If the fic had continued, it is certain that Voldy would get an Unexplained Recovery just like the other two.

    Profesor Layton Vs Jack The Raper 

Roger

  • Cause: Stabbed by Jack The Raper. Probably a No One Could Survive That. 2
  • Expectation: Considering the chapter title, it's a Tonight Someone Dies. 3
  • Body: Hasn't been covered yet. N/A
  • Reaction: Watari shouts "OH CONFOND U, JAK TEH RAPER!" It's Personal. 2
  • Last words: Doesn't get to talk. N/A
  • Characterization: Recurring Character. 3
  • When: The arc is still going. 1
  • Come back: Not yet. 4
  • Average: 15/5 = 3 Could have a slight chance to be seen again, although it was Jack The Raper that got him...


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